Antiques - Sculpture
Reference: Z6639

"Girl with flowers on a basket". Sculpture in white marble and bronze, on base. Spain, nineteenth century.
The pedestal, in the shape of a column with a smooth shaft, elevates the sculpture and highlights it with its elegance of lines and lack of exaggerated decorative elements (aside from some moldings in what would be the capital and the marbled marble change in the upper piece, on which the sculpture is located). The figure of the girl, carved in a white marble of great quality, is sitting, looking towards the distance, and with a bouquet of flowers in her arms and a medal hanging from a cord around her neck. When sitting on a basket with flowers the figure is softened, in addition to enhancing it with the chromatic contrast existing between the flowers and the basket (patinated bronze) and the figure. The hair of the girl, with a pictorial waves without a powerful chiaroscuro, contrasts with the detail of the dress, perfect both in the ruffles of the neck and in the embroidery of the fabric and with which, in addition, an "informal" touch has been added "To show fallen a strait and the skirt wrinkled. This lack of formality fits perfectly with the theme, and is slightly accentuated by presenting the figure with socks (or stockings, dropped) and without shoes. The realism of the face (attenuated with a slight idealization) suggests that it is a child portrait.
The pictorial treatment of the figure and the roses relate it to artistic approaches that emerged during the 19th century and with a certain aesthetic and skill level. Stylistically, it is possible to relate it to the environment and the influence of two key figures of nineteenth-century Spanish art for their invoice, traits, technical mastery and originality: Agustín Querol and Mariano Benlliure. The quality of the work is undeniable: with a great economy of elements, an elegant figure has been achieved, without losing childish details according to the theme; the qualities can be seen in both bronze and marble; the chromatic combination enhances the figure; the naturalism of the girl's face; the composition of the sculpture; etc. Thus, it is possible to find parallels with outstanding works of the nineteenth century: note the similarity in the hair with the "naked child" of Augstín Querol and Subirats (circa 1900, Prado Museum in Madrid), also recalls in certain details the bust of the 18th Duchess of Alba by Mariano Benlliure (made around 1928)."

· Size: Busto: 50x50x71 cms. Peana: 37x37x116 cms.

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